SETH C. GORDON was born in Fryeburg, Me., August 17, 1830. He was the son of Stephen
Gordon and Lydia B. Chase. His father's family were from Scotland, two generations back. They settled in Fryeburg
among the first who came to the town, moving from Andover, Mass. His mother's family also came from Andover. Her
grandfather, Dr. Josiah Chase, married a daughter of Gen. Joseph Frye, to whom the town was given for services
in the French and Indian War.
Doctor Gordon's early life was spent on a farm, attending the district school and Fryeburg Academy, where he nearly
fitted for college. For several winters he taught school in country districts in Fryeburg and adjoining towns;
also taught one year in Evansville, Ind.
He began the study of medicine, in 1851, with Dr. Ira Towle, a noted physician of Fryeburg. He attended one course
of lectures at Dartmouth Medical School, and graduated at the Maine Medical School, Brunswick, in May, Doctor Gordon
commenced practice in the town of Gorham, at Little Falls Village, South Windham, June, 1855.
He entered the army, as Assistant Surgeon of the Thirteenth Maine Volunteer Infantry, in December, 1861. In October,
1863, he was made Surgeon of the First Louisiana Volunteer Infantry (white). He was in the service nearly four
years, and was mustered out July 12, 1865, having served principally in the various campaigns of the Department
of the Gulf, Nineteenth Army Corps, a portion of the time as Surgeon of the "District of La Fourche,"
on General Cameron's staff.
Returning to Maine, Doctor Gordon settled in Portland, October 1, 1865, where he has lived since. He was appointed
Surgeon to the Maine General Hospital in 1874, and is still one of the Surgical Staff. He is Consulting Surgeon
to the Maine Eye and Ear Infirmary, and has been President of the Maine Medical Association, Vice-President of
the American Medical Association, and President of the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women of the same
Association. Doctor Gordon is Lecturer on Diseases of Women in the Portland School for Medical Instruction, and
has recently been elected Professor of Gynecology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Boston, Mass. He is
a Fellow of the American and British Gynecological Societies, also of the Boston Gynecological and Detroit Academy
of Medicine. Doctor Gordon has written quite a good deal for medical journals and read many papers before medical
societies, both of this country and Europe, on surgical subjects. He has served one year in the Common Council
and three years on the Board of School Committee of Portland.
Doctor Gordon holds a prominent and honored place in the profession of which he is a most brilliant member and
in which he has won its highest honors. In an eminent degree, he combines scientific attainments with sound judgment
and practical ability, all of which have conspired to make him not only a grand success in the great field of labor
and usefulness in which his professional life has been spent, but a valued member of socIety and a leader in the
community in which he lives, as well. His reputation as a great physician and his skill in surgery, to which latter
branch of medical science he has in later times devoted much of his study and efforts, have far outrun his years,
until now his professional services are sought by people from all over the State. He is summoned by the Courts
to give expert testimony perhaps more frequently than almost any other physician, and his evidence always has great
weight because of his everywhere recognized ability.
In politics he is an ardent Democrat, and has always been so. He believes in a tariff for revenue only, in a sound
currency, and the largest liberty in statute law consistent with safety to the community. He believes the Maine
Law has made more drunkards and hypocrites than all other causes combined; favors a license law, and would punish
violators, punish drunkards in early stage, establish Inebriate Asylums for confirmed ones and make attendance